30 episodes

The Electric Wire Podcast is a production of the Customers First! Coalition featuring Wisconsin energy and utilities interviews and news.

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The Electric Wire Podcast is a production of the Customers First! Coalition featuring Wisconsin energy and utilities interviews and news.

    Rooted in Community: Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin

    Rooted in Community: Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin

    In this episode, we will learn more about the 81 cities, towns and villages across Wisconsin that own and operate a municipal electric utility. These municipal utilities are organized together through the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW),  and we brought together a panel of experts to share more about the unique benefits of public power, including: Tim Heinrich, President and CEO of MEUW; Tyler Vorpagel, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at MEUW;  Troy Adams, General Manager, Manitowoc Public Utilities; Jill Weiss, Utilities Director at Stoughton Utilities; and, Rick Wicklund, General Manager, Sun Prairie Utilities.   

    Note: MEUW is a member of the Customers First! Coalition. 

    Links from Episode:   

    Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin  

    https://www.meuw.org/   

    Manitowoc Public Utilities 

    https://www.mpu.org/ 

    Sun Prairie Utilities 

    https://www.sunprairieutilities.com/   

    Stoughton Utilities 

    https://stoughtonutilities.com/   

    Great Lakes Utilities 

    https://www.greatlakesutilities.org/   

    WPPI Energy 

    https://wppienergy.org/

    • 38 min
    Shining a Light on Investor-Owned Utilities with Jeff Keebler, CEO of Madison Gas and Electric

    Shining a Light on Investor-Owned Utilities with Jeff Keebler, CEO of Madison Gas and Electric

    We take a closer look at the investor-owned utility model with Jeff Keebler, Chairman, President, and CEO of Madison Gas and Electric. Jeff shares more insights on how investor-owned utilities work, how they're regulated, and the new technologies changing the power dynamics in the industry.  

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) electric power sector survey data, almost 3,000 electric distribution companies—or utilities—are operating in the United States. EIA classifies utilities into three ownership types: investor-owned utilities, publicly run utilities such as municipal utilities, and cooperatives.   

    This episode features investor-owned utilities, or IOUs, which are large electric distributors that issue stock owned by shareholders. Almost three-quarters of utility customers get their electricity from these companies.   

    Upcoming episodes will discuss municipal utilities and electric cooperatives.   

    Note: MGE is a member of the Customers First! Coalition, which produces the Electric Wire podcast.   

    Links and additional reading:   

    Energy Information Administration (EIA):  https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=40913    

    Madison Gas and Electric https://www.mge.com/   

    Wisconsin Utilities Association https://www.wiutilities.org/  

    Edison Electric Institute https://www.eei.org/  

    American Gas Association https://www.aga.org/   

    Public Service Commission of Wisconsin https://psc.wi.gov/   

    Public Service Commission of Wisconsin: Electric Service Territory Maps https://maps.psc.wi.gov/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bb1a9f501e3d472cbde970310540b466   

    Wisconsin Legislative Council: Overview of Wisconsin’s Public Utility Regulatory System https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lc/information_memos/2017/im_2017_01

    • 34 min
    The Reality of Retail Choice with Laurel Peltier

    The Reality of Retail Choice with Laurel Peltier

    Laurel Peltier of the Maryland Energy Supplier Reform Coalition joins to discuss her first-hand experience with retail choice in Maryland. Laurel helps customers decipher their energy bills and has found countless examples of customers who would be saving money if they had stayed with their regulated utility.   

    Laurel's web site:  https://www.energysupplierhelpdesk.org/ 

    Laurel's recommendation for saving money on energy bills starts with energy efficiency! Wisconsin customers can get information on energy efficiency audits and energy saving measures from Focus on Energy, here: https://focusonenergy.com/

    • 57 min
    Taking the Industry By Storm: The First F150 Lightning EV is Here

    Taking the Industry By Storm: The First F150 Lightning EV is Here

    [Note: Audio Only Episode] New Ford F150 Lightning owners Nick and Alicia Schmidt join the Electric Wire to share some of their experiences as the first recipients of Ford's F150 Lightning EV. We discuss EV charging, the Lightning's infamous "frunk", and their experience towing an Airstream behind the Lightning.   

    Link to NPR story on Nick and Alicia from earlier this summer:  https://www.npr.org/2022/06/20/1104920656/ford-electric-f150-lightning-electric-vehicles-automakers

    • 20 min
    Nuclear Power, Reliability, & Global Weirding with Andy Bochman and Bob Stone

    Nuclear Power, Reliability, & Global Weirding with Andy Bochman and Bob Stone

    Andy Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist, Idaho National Lab and Bob Stone, Business Manager, IBEW 2150, join host Kristin Gilkes to discuss a range of issues including preserving jobs and reliability in the coal to cleaner power transition, and how Andy's coined the term "global weirding." A must-listen episode that serves as a follow up to our recent conversation with Brent Ridge of Dairyland Power Cooperative about their exploration of nuclear energy.

    • 33 min
    Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Transition with Brent Ridge

    Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Transition with Brent Ridge

    Brent Ridge, President and CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and Phil Montgomery, former Wisconsin legislator and PSCW Chairperson, join host Kristin Gilkes, Executive Director, Customers First! Coalition, to discuss the future of nuclear power in Wisconsin and how new small modular reactor (SMR) technology may help facilitate the clean energy transition.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

gtg021 ,

Great content!

Educational, informative, and interesting!

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Great podcast!

Intelligent discussion on timely energy issues!!

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Wisconsin energy and utility issues

Cool new podcast focused on Wisconsin energy and utility policies! The Energy Innovation Series is a great way to start!

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